Category Archives: My family

The name’s not the same It was a lesson not to be forgotten, taught by Uncle Ray. He was The Legal Genealogist‘s uncle by marriage, the husband of my mother’s sister Carol. And, I remember, as I was just learning … Continue reading

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One missing little girl It goes without saying in genealogy. You have to read every word. Every single character, in every single field, in every single document. It doesn’t matter what the document is. It doesn’t matter what particular use … Continue reading

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The lawyer who wasn’t There should have been another lawyer in The Legal Genealogist‘s family. Oh there are, and have been, others over the years. But there should have been one more. The ability was there. The desire was there. … Continue reading

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Facing those deaths One hundred and 71 years ago today, on the 22nd of August 1844, right about 11:30 in the morning, a little girl was born at home at Buntentorsteinweg 64, in the City of Bremen, Germany. Her name … Continue reading

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Too much serendipity??? Okay… cue the Twilight Zone music. The Legal Genealogist is in Columbia, Missouri, for the Annual Conference of the Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) and wondered, just for the heck of it, if there was some family … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Phoenix! It was one of those conversations you never forget. The Legal Genealogist‘s niece, Bobbi, had called just before Christmas to say she’d pretty much given up on having a second child. It had been more than five … Continue reading

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A soul lost to a devastating illness When the telephone rings at five o’clock in the morning, you know the news is not going to be good. And that morning in June, 10 years ago, The Legal Genealogist‘s family had … Continue reading

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No. No, no, no, no. Just no. The Legal Genealogist can’t handle this on a rainy nasty Saturday morning. No. My fifth great grandmother was Elizabeth (Pettypool) Jones. She was born around 1750, and died in September 1818. She is … Continue reading

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Our July babies You know you’re getting older when… … the birthdays on the calendar represent more of the kin you’ve lost than the kin still living. Now, for The Legal Genealogist, of course, that’s not all that unusual… we … Continue reading

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Welcome, Jimmy… and welcome freedom Today, in Flagstaff, Arizona, the sun is shining and the air is clean and clear. And the family of The Legal Genealogist is gathered here to watch a beloved niece, Katya, walk down the aisle … Continue reading

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